Not Only Beaches: Tiscali

Tiscali

The Hidden Village

 

We are in the Supramonte area(see post), in the territory of Oliena. Starting from “Su Gologone“, a dirt road leads us into the beautiful and picturesque Lanaittu valley, where were found the first evidence of human presence in Sardinia. The area is rich in caves like those of “Sa Oche(voice) and Su Bentu(wind)” that perhaps deserve more than the others to be visited, whose name is due to the intense noise produced by the strong airflow created by the movement of the inside water. From there, along a path full of vegetation with olive trees, junipers and maples, we arrive at the nuragic village of “Sa Sedda and Sos Carros“, that consists of several huts grouped around a courtyard. Going forward, after a series of steep switchbacks finally we arrive at the “Mount Tiscali“. It is a limestone cliff, a sinkhole, in which is the village of the same name built in a tectonic collapse(the vault collapsed 35-40,000 years ago), whose evocative remains, dating back to the nuragic era(it’s difficult to attribute a date), are arranged to form two groups of about 70 huts(in total). Some are rectangular and used as warehouses for supplies and shelter for animals, others are circular. The walls are made of a mixture of lime and mud and the upper cover was made of plant material, trunks and branches. The entrance to the village is allowed by paying a ticket which includes the support of a tour guide.
For several reasons such as the fragility of the huts and the difficulty of water supply, and since  it was difficult to cultivate the soil of these mountains and to breed animals, it is believed that the village has not been used continuously, and precisely for these reasons the archaeological site of Tiscali is still a mystery.
Not to be missed !!

 GPS coordinates Tiscali: 40.2445656, 9.4818361

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Gennargentu

The rocky heart of Sardinia

 

The big massif of Gennargentu (Silver Gate), which hosts the highest peaks of the island, Punta La Marmora (1834 m) and Bruncu Spina (1828m), is a wild and beautiful environment, a vast and unspoiled territory located in the central east of Sardinia, in the province of Nuoro and Ogliastra. You can walk for hours or even days without meeting a soul; it seems that you are not  even in Italy (and even in Europe), because this area is still as it was hundreds of years ago! From Orgosolo through the enchanting Foresta Montes, one of the most beautiful forests of the island with oak and trees of secular junipers, you reach Monte Novo San Giovanni, an area of great value because nature here is truly unspoilt and is possible to find many species, even rare, of wildlife.  Here indeed is possible to see the golden eagle or groups of mouflons and along a staircase you can arrive at the top of the mountain: viewed from here the Supramonte(see post) and Ogliastra(see post) are a spectacular sight, and you can enjoy a view that sweeps over the whole island! There deep gorges and canyons, and the vegetation consists of mediterranean scrub and meadows, monumental oaks, holms, yews, chestnut trees, hazelnut trees, dwarf junipers, thyme, helichrysum, santolina and those who walk along the many paths may find fresh springs, admire spectacular flowers of rare beauty and many different insects. In the valley you can find sheepfolds still in use, the Cuiles (sheepfolds), old dwelling of who in those mountains has worked hard for many years between goats and pigs, as well as the Pinnettos, huts reminiscent of the old nuragic huts. In the villages you can visit museums, see and buy handicrafts, and taste typical local products, including those cooked by shepherds, such as boiled meats, roasts, local cheese production (see post), pane carasau (see post 1 & 2), wine Cannonau (see post).

And for those who want to hike are available many trails  of great natural interest, historical and anthropological. There are several rest stops and refuges as well, contrary to what is thought by those who believe that in Sardinia you can just go to the beach, the ski slopes! Yes that’s right, this wonderful area is also a popular winter destination for skiers.

As usual, we say goodbye to you with a … Do not miss it !!!

GPS Coordinates of Gennargentu National Park: 40.191853, 9.480789

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Supramonte

The Wild Sardinia

 

The Supramonte is an area of mountains and highlands located in central-eastern Sardinia, with an area of ​​about 35,000 hectares, made up of carbonate highlands and sinkholes that includes also the extended coastline of the Gulf of Orosei (see post 1, 2, 3) up to Cala Luna(see post), with numerous caves, including the famous Grotta del Bue Marino, known in the past for the presence of the monk seal. A vast area that is part of the municipalities of Orgosolo, Urzulei, Dorgali(see post), Baunei(see post 1 & 2) and Oliena. Going through this territory you can perceive its wild and pristine nature, you will encounter deep ravines, gorges and spectacular limestone “tacchi“(heels, see post 1 & 2). Along the eastern side, for example, following the course of Rio Flumineddu, you find yourself in a canyon 22 km long, in the final part of which there’s the origin of the Gorropu(see post), one of the largest canyons in Europe, close and deep (has walls up to 400m) which divides Barbagia from Ogliastra, while in Supramonte of Baunei we find the Golgo, that with its 300 meters is the deepest abyss in Europe. The pristine natural  habitat of this area, the large wooded area with spectacular examples of juniper and vast forests of holm and the variety of plants typical of the mediterranean scrub, have made this territory an ideal environment for wild sheep, pine martens and sardinian red deers. If you love to go hiking in a true paradise on earth there is also a large range of paths, in addition to archaeological sites of great interest: in the only area of Dorgali the numerous nuragic clans  have left visible traces of no less than 78 villages, 46 nuraghis, 14 dolmens, 40 tombs of the giants (see post), 17 holy wells (see post) and 3 megalithic protective walls, with the village of Serra Orrios that had about 70 circular huts. In Supramonte of Oliena then there’s the extraordinary village of Tiscali, entirely built inside a gigantic cave.

 GPS Coordinates of di Tiscali: 40.241389, 9.491389

GPS Coordinates of  Oliena: 40.276642, 9.401877

GPS Coordinates of  Baunei: 40.03175, 9.663272

GPS Coordinates of Orgosolo: 40.205506, 9.34839

GPS Coordinates of  Dorgali: 40.289132, 9.591323

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Ulassai

Caves, Waterfalls and Stunning Landscapes

 

The territory of Ogliastra with its breathtaking views, natural landscapes that invite you to walk in the middle of nature and an innate vocation of food and wine products, is the land where is located Ulassai. This is the territory famous for the Cannonau grape, which gives life to full-bodied and strong wines, but always marked by a particular elegance, (see post), as well as typical dishes full of flavors. The village of Ulassai is known for the caves “Is Lianas” and “Su Marmuri“(see post), among the largest in Europe; is surrounded by the characteristic “tacchi“(see post 1 & 2), limestone plateaus such as the Tisiddu that attract fans of extreme sports from Italy and abroad, and the area is also rich in monuments of the nuragic era, with buildings still in excellent state of preservation. Nearby, among the luxuriant vegetation, there are numerous springs that during periods of high rainfall give rise to spectacular waterfalls: those of Lecorci are in the vicinity of the village, while a little farther on, about 7 km away, in Santa Barbara area, we find the impressive waterfalls of Lequarci, almost 100m high and 70m wide, and all around an amazing landscape full of lakes. The typical dish of the area are culurgiones(see post), a kind of ravioli filled with potatoes and mint, and also there’s an excellent production of cold cuts, accompanied by fine cannonau wines and  the particular and typical bitter honey of arbutus.
GPS Coordinates of Ulassai : 39.8096468, 9.4971633

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Not only beaches: Gairo

Gairo

A village divided into three

 

The territory of Gairo, with its beautiful landscapes, is located in the central eastern part of Sardinia in the province of Ogliastra, one of the most beautiful areas of this island, situated between 650m and 800m asl, in a suggestive territory, extraordinary and wild, rich of woods and “tacchi“(see other post), massive limestone plateaus, such as the natural monument “Perda’e Liana“. Perda’e Liana, visible at a great distance, is a majestic mount of 1293m asl and one of the main morphological curiosity of Sardinia: it is a majestic rock tower dating back to the Jurassic era, the result of the erosive action of the atmospheric agents and water during millions of years. Gairo, whose name derives from the Greek words “ga” and “roa” meaning “land flowing” is divided into 3 parts: Gairo Sant ‘Elena, simply called Gairo, Gairo Taquisara, the lovely village with a station of the Green Train, Gairo Cardedu, called simply Cardedu, built closer to the sea. This division into three of the village, is due to the fact that, Gairo Vecchio, the village that no longer exists, perhaps the most famous ghost town of Sardinia, was declared no longer habitable for safety problems in 1951 after a terrible flood, and therefore it was decided to leave it, to rebuild it elsewhere. But disagreements about the placing of the new village led to the decision to split Gairo into three.

In the area surrounding the village there are numerous archaeological sites, such as the nuragic area of  Serbissi (see post) and Perdu Isu, while on the coast near Gairo, south of Bari Sardo and Cardedu, you can sunbathe on uncrowded and beautiful beaches. Even here in the area of Gairo you can enjoy excellent traditional food and wine products, such as the sweets pirighittus and amaretti, paired by  excellent and famous local wines such as Vermentino(see post) excellent also as an aperitif, a sparkling Cannonau rosé good throughout the meal, especially with fish and pizza, a red wine Cannonau (see post) to pair with roasts and aged cheeses (see other post), and a particular sweet red wine IGT(Indicazione geografica tipica, means that the wine is produced in a specific area, with particular requirements) also this obtained from grapes Cannonau, excellent with desserts but also as sipping wine, to be served at a temperature of 18-20 ° C.

Gairo GPS coordinates: 39.848409, 9.505349

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Nuragic Complex of Serbissi

Ogliastra – Nuoro

Today we want to talk about one of the most valuable areas from the wildlife point of view, where you can also find several really interesting archaeological sites. Serbissi is an archaeological complex situated on the plateau of the “Taccu of Osini“, an impressive natural rock with steep limestone walls, from which you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Ogliastra and Barbagia. The archaeological site is particularly impressive: is located at an altitude of 963 m. asl and is formed by four towers, embedded in a mighty bastion and connected to the inside of the structure by a narrow corridor. The towers were probably built in several phases: in the first was built the central tower, still well preserved, with a residual height of 6.30 m. This tower has two floors, in the lower one, the room has coverage at “tholos” still intact and an ogival niche in the left wall, the room on the upper floor is instead almost completely collapsed. The complex includes a village (there are eight huts); a cave with two entrances, probably used as a warehouse for foodstuffs; two giant’s graves(see other post). At a short distance we also find, located in the plain of Troculu, two nuraghis mono-towered, called Sanu and Orruttu, located a short distance from each other. The first we encounter is the nuraghe Orruttu, built with large blocks of limestone, which houses a room with two niches and a scale. Near the nuraghe you can recognize the remains of a hut. Later we find the nuraghe Sanu, collapsed and not open to visit, which judging by the diameter had to reach a great height. Nearby there are also the remains of the two giant’s graves in a poor state of preservation.

Not to miss!!!

GPS Coordinates of Serbissi: 39.845301, 9.461062

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